An Afghan female student looks on during the graduation ceremony of the first-ever class of Gender and Women’s studies master's programme in Kabul on November 5, 2017. / AFP / SHAH MARAI
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Afghanistan's first graduates in women's studies donned caps and gowns on Sunday to collect their unusual qualifications in the patriarchal country.Kabul University is the country's first higher education institute to offer a degree focused on gender and women's issues, according to the United Nations Development Program and university officials. Offering such a degree would have been unthinkable during the Taliban's repressive 1996-2001 Islamist regime, when female issues were taboo and women were largely confined to their homes and banned from education.
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